APEX Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Ballooning as a hobby is one of those activities I’ve never really considered. It seems like a lot of fun and I’m assuming that champagne is drunk each time you’re aloft, there doesn’t seem to be much else to do once airborne except pull the “make fire” toggle.

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The Waco YMF-5D Biplane

Waco Aircraft are one of those companies that just keeps on, keeping on. Originally founded in 1919 the company built some of the most infamous biplanes the world has ever seen before going into receivership in 1947 due to war time orders drying up. In 1983 the company was resurrected and the new team set…

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Bomber Boys

WWII documentaries always fascinate me, this film by Ewan MacGregor is a brilliant insight into lives of the Lancaster crews of the war. There is some special significance here for me because my Great Uncle Alf was a bombardier or bomb aimer on the Lancaster during the war, he was one of the lucky ones who survived.

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Gee Bee Model R

The Gee Bee Model R is easily one of the most unusual airplanes ever to fly, the stumpy fuselage, tiny wings and huge diameter of the cowling were eye-catching to say the least. The Model R was built by the Granville Brothers Aircraft of Springfield, Massachusetts as an air racer, the unusual design was the result of 3 days testing at…

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